Tram with the Goldkette Victor Orchestra and Paul Whiteman’s Orchestra.
Just as the record companies were reluctant to record and release waltzes by the black orchestra of Fletcher Henderson, they shied from the hot music of Jean Goldkette. A crisp, if slightly restrained, track is this one from 1927, with Tram a leading light.
This 1927 track swings: Tram doesn’t get a solo but leads the saxes
This, critics argue, is the sort of jazz that got the band its reputation.
When the Goldkette band dissolved, Tram and Bix joined Whiteman’s light music ensemble.
Tram shines on a 1928 track of a tune I’ve warmed to recently: “Ain’t no sweet man worth the salt of my tears”.
You may prefer, if of a sensitive disposish, this “cleaner” version.
Tram also shows up well on this 1929 version of the jazz warhorse China Boy.
Our last track has a 1928 Tram and Bix “chase chorus”, a sparkling duet on a splendid Rogers and Hart song.